Lots of pitches and emails come our way everyday, but it’s rare that something truly pulls me out of bed from my afternoon nap. And for that, we have to give ti to the Bouncelite. The Bouncelite is a brand new Kickstarter initiative aimed at creating a completely brand new type of flash modifier that makes some of the most efficient use of lighting that we’ve seen. It mounts onto the head of your flash and acts as a softbox but can also act as a bounce card at the same time. At the moment, it’s currently being targeted at folks who put the flash in their hot shoe; though it can surely be used with the softbox off camera. But for what it’s worth, photographers who want to use a flash off camera go for much larger flash modifiers and larger softboxes.
High-speed photography is one of those artistic niches that require specialized gear. Luckily for you there are plenty of high-speed triggers but we’ve always been impressed with the Nero Trigger and now its creators are out with a new piece of kit called the MIOPS.
With this small device you can trigger your camera or flash within nanoseconds of a lighting strike or a bullet carving through an apple to capture that decisive moment. The MIOPS also has the added bonus of being completely controllable from an iPhone and other Bluetooth 4.0 compatible devices. MIOPS supports a variety of camera bodies from Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Pentax, Olympus, Sony, and Minolta (sorry Fujifilm and Leica shooters).
The device is equipped with three different sensors to detect light, sound, and lasers. With these sensors the MIOPS can be setup to automatically fire the shutter to capture events such as lightning, fireworks, popping balloon, or a laser beam cut by an obstacle. Users could also plug in even more sensors to the MIOPS such as a pressure pad to add even more options. Alternatively the MIOPS can be programmed to take a timelapse or set your camera up to take multiple frames for an HDR image.
The people behind MIOPS have put up their new device as a Kickstarter project. Currently the funding has reached $153,145, more than double its initial $75,000 goal. If you’re interested in picking up your own MIOPS the Basic model sells for $189 or get an MIOPS Ultimate with added smartphone controls for $199. All units are slated to ship this December. Don’t forget to click past the jump to see more images and video of the MIOPS in action.
All images by Dave Keenan. Used with permission.
Dave Keenan’s re-entry into photography is a story of the natural order of things, rather than rediscovery. In his youth, he got to photograph on occasion with his grandfather’s Leica, which gave an early love for rangefinders. With his father, he built a darkroom where he often spent time developing and printing photos. His photography, however, fell by the wayside as he took up a career in computer engineering, and in the last ten years, he bought a Leica on a whim. His photographic passion, however muted, came back as he started a photo a week project, which gradually turned into his book FAIR WITNESS: Street Photography for the 21st century with the help of veteran photographers like Eli Reed and Elliott Erwitt.
Head on past the break for our interview with David Keenan, and check the Kickstarter campaign for FAIR WITNESS.
This interview has been edited and condensed.
Last year we came across photographer Matthew Cetta’s impressive Photogenic Alchemy series. It was a photographic and film-warping series in which the NY-based photographer developed film using a load of unorthodox chemicals including absinthe, coca cola, cough syrup, and Hydrogen Peroxide. While we could only look in awe at the images these modified films could produce, now Cetta has launched a Kickstarter letting photographers shoot with his personally created “Flims,” film that’s been modified.
With Flim (yes it’s really spelled that way), Cetta hopes to bring his modified films to the mass public so they can also experience the randomness and chaotic character of photography that’s been lost in the digital age. “We try so hard to mimic film, spending countless hours in photoshop and millions of dollars in apps,” Cetta writes. “But it never comes out right.”
Flim comes in pre-modified cartridges that users can slap into any 35mm film camera and simply start shooting. Cetta says he only uses normal household chemicals like lemon juice, ammonia, and Drano—so no there’s need to worry about developing film that has been treated with harsh lab chemicals. Other canisters, meanwhile, have been physically modified whether it be boiled, frozen, electrified, or a combination of the three. As we’ve seen previously even leaving out your rolls of film out to bake in the sun can have some dramatic and gorgeous effects.
That all said, Flim comes with a premium price at $50 for a single cartridge, but Cetta promises that’s won’t be the actual price of his modified films. Instead Cetta says the money is going to fund his $10,000 Kickstarter goal, which help him launch a Flim web store and potentially bring modified 120mm roll of film in the future.
Check out more amazing flim results after the break.
Lomography has set a new $1,000,000 goal for its Lomo’Instant camera, and with three days left to go, there’s only $24,000 more until that goal is met. Lomo set the new goal in order to give all Lomo’Instant backers a closeup lens for this instant wunderkind with its surprising amount of customizable features: various lenses, multiple and long exposures, variable apertures and more.
In the days of instant yore, you were largely limited to the design of the camera–press the shutter and a positive spilled forth. It was a time when you did not shake it like a Polaroid picture because Outkast wasn’t a thing, and shaking it never actually did anything anyway.
Lomography’s carrying on in its own tradition of producing old-style cameras with contemporary sensibilities and off-kilter aesthetics. You’ll never see a Lomo-style camera come off the factory floor from the likes of Canon, Nikon, Sony or Fujifilm, and that shouldn’t happen.
If you digg customization and instant gratification, then head on over to Lomography’s Kickstarter campaign to back the project. If not, carry on. Or you could take a true DIY approach, and get an old instant camera off of eBay, figure out how it works, get it back to working condition, and find the right film.
Of course, the Lomo’Instant is a thing of its own, and is a fairly strong entry into the Lomo multiverse. The only instant offering we’ve reviewed was the instant back for the medium-format Bel-Air. The Lomo’Instant seems to be a new kind of Instant, and when we get one in for review, we’ll let you know how it is.
Peak Design makes some uniquely interesting camera strap accessories that can be easily clipped together and taken off. Now the company is out with a more substantial camera strap called the Slide that can quickly transform from a full sling, to a shoulder strap, and even a neck strap.
Unlike Peak Design’s previous Leash Strap, the Slide comes with a seatbelt-style strap that’s roughly twice the width. What’s more, the Slide features custom hardware inspired by climbing gear with a lever that users can grab to adjust the length of the strap similar to a Chrome bag or Joby’s Ultrafit Slingstrap. Everything is still connected together by Peak Design’s Anchor Link system, which uses nickel-sized coins that snap into place with the Slide’s anchor points. The Anchor links themselves are also strung together using braided Kevlar thread.
Put all together, the Slide strap should be just as strong as Peak Design’s products to hold up a full-frame DSLR with a heavy L lens attached. The wider base on the Slide, meanwhile, looks promising to be a more comfortable experience on our necks and shoulders, which was our chief complaint with the skinny Leash Strap.
In one other addition Peak Design also introduced the Clutch, a quick-adjusting camera hand strap featuring a similar buckle adjustment lever to the Slide.
Currently the camera accessory company is trying to launch both its new products on Kickstarter, which has already blown past its $50,000 goal with more than double the amount of money. Interested buyers can pick up a Clutch for $30, $50 for the Slide strap, or $80 for the dual package containing both items.
Check past the break for more images and a video featuring the Slide camera strap.